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June 20, 2012
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ISTE 2012 Preview:
Expanding Horizons
The 33rd annual conference and exposition of the International Society for Technology in Education will take place from June 24 to 27 in San Diego, focusing on how education professionals worldwide are incorporating technology to help students expand their personal horizons and prepare for the future. Offerings include inspiring keynotes, more than 700 concurrent program sessions as well as the ISTE 2012 Exposition, featuring innovative tools and ideas from some of the top education-technology companies in the world. It's not too late to attend.

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 50% of Common Core Standards Require Technology
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Technology and Today's Schools 
  • Schools learn lessons from iPad roll-out
    Several lessons were learned during a yearlong program in which some Michigan students used school-issued iPads in the classroom. Among these lessons are that iPads are fragile, with between 15% and 25% requiring repairs during the school year. Some students also said they did not feel challenged by the curriculum, and several educators said the tablet computers were distracting in some cases. One educator said the district intends to educate students more about how to appropriately use the devices during the next school year. (Michigan) (free registration) (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A snapshot of a virtual teacher
    Nearly 300,000 U.S. K-12 students take all their courses online, says John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group consulting firm. Teaching those students presents some unique challenges. One of the biggest is figuring out when students don't grasp a lesson, says virtual teacher Jane Good. "In a classroom, you can look at kids and know pretty quickly whether or not they understand what you're saying. We don't have that advantage [online]," she says. The Hechinger Report (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools lower tech-integration costs with BYOT programs
    As schools in Florida work toward meeting a state mandate that districts integrate more digital textbooks, some schools say they are striving to keep costs low by implementing "bring your own technology" policies. Under such policies, students can bring their own smartphones, tablet computers and other devices to school. A pilot program, to launch in the fall in one district, will include the creation of a digital-ethics manual and development of an appropriate environment in which to use the devices. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How principals can facilitate tech integration in their schools
    A recent national survey of school principals identified seven attributes that principals believe are necessary for school leaders who want to be effective technology leaders. This article discusses the attributes and provides examples from principals who have successfully implemented educational technology in their schools. Also included in the article are 10 tech-integration tips from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. T.H.E. Journal (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why more teachers are choosing flipped instruction
    A growing number of teachers say the flipped instructional method benefits teaching and learning. Using technology, teachers say they are able to help students learn lessons at home -- freeing class time for practice and one-on-one help. Supporters say flipped instruction allows teachers to use class time more effectively and give students the opportunity to learn independently. The Washington Post (6/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Programs use app development to engage students
    After-school programs nationwide are seeking to capitalize on students' interest in mobile applications to teach them about computer programming and other lessons. Some of the programs -- intended to help students succeed in college and career -- are focused on female students. "It's a very nonintimidating mode of computer science because it's something they can already relate to," said AnnaLise Hoopes, director of educational and corporate partnerships for Technovation. Digital Directions (premium article access compliments of (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Why technology integration is a necessity
    In this blog post, educator Bansi Kara writes in support of the inclusion of technology in the classroom, saying that students should have access to devices such as smartphones. Denying students access to the devices will only make them more "taboo" and appealing, she writes. However, Kara notes that she does not overlook times when students are abusing the devices and suggests educators set boundaries for technology use. The Huffington Post (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Tech Integration's PROVEN Impact on Students
Everyone seems to say that technology engages students and, in turn, engagement improves achievement. A recent research study by SEG Measurement found students achieve significantly more when taught by teachers who participate in tech integration focused PD. Download study.

ISTE 2012 Resources 
  • Learn more about ISTE
    Learn all about the conference host, The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Follow ISTE bloggers
    A rundown of bloggers who are following ISTE's 33rd annual conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Keynote speakers
    Check out the keynote speakers addressing attendees at ISTE's annual conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Realizing the Impact of Mobile Devices
Whether you're just starting to think about a 1:1 mobile initiative or you've fully embraced the mobile revolution, you likely have questions. Visit the link below to learn about instructor-led online courses, PD resources and planning tools focused on mobile devices in the classroom. View Resources.

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